The Operating Room is a sports podcast hosted by RotoBaller's Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) that dives into various topics regarding the fantasy aspects of football, baseball and basketball, depending on the season. Weekly guests from across the realm of sports arrive to reinforce or counter popular narratives along with providing fresh takes on what is relevant. Take a seat in The Operating Room to gain a new perspective on the wide world of fantasy sports.
Ep. 30: Navigating Fantasy Baseball Injuries and Cold Starts feat. Justin Mason
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and the founder of TGFBI, Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB), team up to discuss early-season fantasy baseball injuries and slumping starters.
Along with these topics, Kev and Justin also cover:
-Waiver wire additions
-Who to worry about, and who to be patient with
-Hitters Justin expects to "heat up" as summer approaches
-3 players Justin is higher on
-3 he is lower on
Ep. 29: Early MLB Season Trends feat. John (@MLBMovingAVG) Laghezza
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and FTN writer/host of the Corked Stats Podcast, John Laghezza (@MLBMovingAVG), discuss early-season trends in the MLB to break down what is real and what's not.
Topics mentioned include:
-"Deadened" baseball or just Re-Juiced? What to make of new Max Exit Velicity trends
-Closers. How much of this early mess is managers trying out committees and how much is it “try outs” to find a guy?
-Returning players who could help this week
-How likely is Tatis to contribute at all in 2021?
-Whether team splits early on vs LHP/RHP matter
-Guys John is higher on ROS and guys he's lower on
Ep. 28: MLB Opening Weekend Overreactions feat. Zack Waxman
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) is joined by Zack Waxman (@ZackRoto), host of the Draft Champions Podcast (@DraftChampagne), to discuss some fantasy baseball overreactions from Opening Weekend of the MLB season.
Kev and Zack cover topics ranging from:
-Julian Merryweather vs Jordan Romano
-Orioles good or the Red Sox miserable?
-Are the Astros back?
-Zack discusses his adds and drops from the most recent waiver period
Then, the ongoing battle between high-stakes NFBC players and the fantasy baseball industry caps off the episode
Ep. 27: Breakouts/Busts for Fantasy Baseball in 2021 feat. Michael Salfino
Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and The Athletic's Michael Salfino (@MichaelSalfino) cover Michael's breakouts and busts for the 2021 fantasy baseball season.
Kev and Michael also discuss:
-Zach Wilson vs Sam Darnold
-Michael's general evaluation strategy
Players mentioned - Vlad Guerrero Jr., Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, Tommy Edman, Teoscar Hernandez, Dom Smith, Jazz Chisholm, Nolan Arenado, Nick Madrigal, Mike Yastrzemski, Alex Dickerson, Christian Javier, Yusei Kikuchi, Rowdy Tellez
Ep. 26: Top Rookie MLB Prospects for 2021 feat. Geoff (@ProspectJesus) Pontes
Kev Maherejian (@RotoSurgeon) and founder of ProspectsLive, Ralph Lifshitz (@ProspectJesus), discuss the top rookie prospects for the 2021 MLB season
All questions and concerns regarding the incoming rookies are addressed such as:
-Should we buy into their minor league/short-season stats?
-Are their projections modest or unreasonable?
Rookies discussed: Randy Arozarena, Ian Anderson, Alec Bohm, Dylan Carlson, Ke'Bryan Hayes, Ryan Mountcastle, Jarred Kelenic, Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, and Matt Manning
Ralph also mentions 3 unheralded prospects he thinks can make a significant fantasy impact in 2021
Ep. 25: Home League Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies feat. Nick Pollack
Host Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) and Nick Pollack (@PitcherList), founder of PitcherList, link up to discuss fantasy baseball and the strategies that should go into typical of home leagues.
Topics covered include (but are not limited to:
-The Cincinnati Reds and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Decision to play Eugenio Suarez at shortstop
-Nick's evaluation process
along with 3 players Nick is higher on, and 3 he is lower on
Kevin is a fantastic host and really gets the most out of his guests. A must listen!
Kev knows his stuff when it comes to fantasy sports. He called Fernando Tatis’s breakthrough in fantasy baseball this year, and he’s a great source of info for all fantasy sports on twitter
Kev is an absolute legend. Loads of knowledge on this podcast covering multiple sports. Tune into this pod to become a better fantasy player.